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is this a road bike?

Old 05-11-10, 05:41 PM
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is this a road bike?

what characteristics make up a road bike versus a hybrid, exactly? just wondering what everyone here thinks. is this a road bike?



https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-CA/...er/5400/37754/

if you feel that it is, what makes it a road bike? if not, why not?

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Old 05-11-10, 05:43 PM
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yes. i prefer when they used to distinguish racers from other bikes.
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Yes.

It is a bike designed to ride on paved roads, ergo it is a road bike.

But what do you care what we think?
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Looks like a road bike with uncomfortable bars.
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I've seen them on sites described as a road fitness bike. You sit a little more upright, but with skinny tires.
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My drop bar conversion looks a lot like a road bike, and now rides like one, but the thing that stands out for me between hybrids and a proper road bike is the clearance from the front wheel to the downtube. Another way of saying less aggressive geometry.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
But what do you care what we think?
i was just thinking that the only thing that differentiates that bike from a "real" road bike, like the Defy, is the fact that it has flat bars. and i wondered if everyone thought that drop bars are what really defines a road bike.

i think of my rapid as a road bike with ~$250-300 left in my pocket.

i'll have to see if i want for more hand positions than the bar ends give me when i get into more rides of >50 km.

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That's a flat-bar road bike. Throw some drop bars and brifters on there and it's a regular road bike.
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There's not a rigid definition. For example, you'll find touring bikes differentiated from road bikes, but elsewhere find they're a type of road bike, etc.

Saying a road bike is a bike that you ride on the road just makes the term fairly meaningless. I rode my Worksman cruiser on the road, but nobody would class it as a road bike. Ditto with lots of mountain bikes.
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yeah...it's a road bike. it wouldn't handle well off-road, but does fine on paved roads.
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
There's not a rigid definition. For example, you'll find touring bikes differentiated from road bikes, but elsewhere find they're a type of road bike, etc.

Saying a road bike is a bike that you ride on the road just makes the term fairly meaningless. I rode my Worksman cruiser on the road, but nobody would class it as a road bike. Ditto with lots of mountain bikes.
I beg to differ. A road bike is a bike that is designed to ride on paved roads. This is an inclusive definition that includes touring bikes.

By this criteria, the bike in question is clearly a road bike. On the other hand, a mountain bike being ridden on the road is not really a road bike, just as a road bike being ridden on trails is not an off-road bike.

It's not complicated.
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